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Spring Shorebirds Class

Two classrooms sessions and a field trip to the coast, for the beginning or intermediate birder who'd like to work on shorebird IDs and learn more about their fantastic feats of migration

In two evening classes with popular instructor Tim Boyer, you'll learn tips and tricks for sorting out those “brown little peeps.” In addition to field marks, you'll learn the telltale clues given by size, shape, habitat, and behavior.

Short-billed Dowitcher, by Tim BoyerThrough Tim's expert photographs showing birds in various life stages and comparing species side-by-side, you'll learn how to spot the remarkable differences that distinguish similar-looking shorebirds.

You'll also learn why shorebirds migrate through Washington and what their intercontinental migrations mean for habitat conservation on the Pacific Flyway and offshore.

The field trip will be a full day around (literally) Grays Harbor, with stops at Ocean Shores, Bottle Beach, Midway Beach, and Tokeland. Possible species include: Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Least and Western Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, Willet, and Marbled Godwit.


Evening sessions: April 8 and 9 (Tuesday and Wednesday), 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 Fourth Avenue South, Kirkland (enter on State Street side).


Field trip: Saturday, April 12. Details to be arranged in class. Please plan on an early departure and a long day out.

Cost: $60 members, $80 non-members, plus carpool share. Evening sessions only: $40 members, $55 non-members.


Registration: To register, please phone the Eastside Audubon office: 425-576-8805.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If your call goes to voicemail, please leave a message so that the time of your call will be recorded, and leave your name and a phone number. Class size is limited.


Photo: Short-billed Dowitcher, by Tim Boyer

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